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Arthur M. Jolly

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Posted September 2017

Hurricane Harvey and a new play.

I live in Houston, and while Hurricane Harvey was going on, I was trapped in my house by rising water. We were extremely lucky, the waters filled the street but stopped short of the sandbags in front of our door. To pass this stressful time, I wrote a new one act about seven Middle School students, trapped in their classroom by rising floodwaters. The amazing people over at YouthPLAYS rushed it into publication, in a digital format prior to a premiere. Once I've had a chance to see it up on its feet, I'll make some final tweaks and it will be traditionally published, alongside my other YouthPLAYS works.
I will be donating all proceeds from the play to local charities working for hurricane relief, both here in Texas, but also in Florida, and the states affected by Hurricane Irma... and as the years go by, those organizations working to help those affected by future hurricanes.
If you teach in a Middle School, or work with a drama group or a community theatre, please consider the play born from a storm...


Rising - a new play about Hurricane harvey

Childish Things, directed by Matthew Singletary, in post.

Matthew directed the Short + Sweet production of the play, and, as a film director, knew that he wanted to film a version of the play. I rewrote the script, and Vanessa Pantley (A Gulag Mouse) came on to produce it. It was shot in Los Angeles in August of 2017, and is in post-production. More news to come!

Childish Things filming

Frank Collison takes a break from the drama during filming.

I have just added a BRAND NEW MONOLOGUE from a brand new play - STILL WATERS.

There's a new interview with yours truly at I interview Playwrights!

Childish Things is included in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, now on bookshelves!

Metropolitan Arts Institute

The Secret of Jarlsberg will be at the Panhandle Community Theatre's Blackbox Theatre Short Play Festival September 7-10, 2017 at the Woodbine Theatre, 4646 Woodbine Rd., Pace, FL 32571
Directed by M. F. Loveless,
Starring Eric Coley & Clara Navarro.

Pier One Thetare

Long Joan Silver will be at the Metropolitan Arts Institute September 22-24th 3rd, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.

Metropolitan Arts Institute

A Gulag Mouse will be at the Stephens College, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9-11, 2017; 2 p.m., Nov. 12 at the Warehouse Theatre, 1200 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65215.

Stephens College

Publications over the last year included Rising, Bully Issues as part of the collection Bullying, Ink from YouthPLAYS, and If You Could Go Back... as part of the collection 30 Short Plays for Passionate Actors, The Fourth Ghost is included in 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, One Minute Plays includes two of my micro-plays, Not Expecting That and Parent Teacher Conference; and Childish Things is included in the iconic series that's been the standard of excellence for over seventy years - Applause Books' Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.

Bullying, Ink     30 Plays for Passionate Actors     One Minute Plays     105 Five Minute Plays     One Minute Plays     ORising

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